HD 10 (2017) google play store and other .APK installs after Nov 4th update.

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mad_sunday

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Dec 11, 2005
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Hi, there are plenty of youtube videos about installing google play services onto the 10" tablet (2017 version). After the November 4th update the install button is greyed out, and can't be "clicked". However, someone has found a trick to bypass it. This is not my idea, I used it and am passing it on.


You need to install some (1 per APK you need to install) small apps from the Amazon app store. Any apps will do, small is quicker, you're going to delete them anyway. After installing the Amazon apps start to install the first apk (Google services or whatever). When you get to the point where the install button is greyed out, tap "home" (middle round button). Now hold one of the amazon apps until the uninstall option appears, and uninstall it. Tap the right (square) button to show all running apps, and open the window of the APK install. The install button now works. Repeat as many times as are needed to get all your APK's installed. Hurry, I doubt this will work for long ;)

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imapiekindaguy

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Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

  1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
  2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
  3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
  4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.
 

Jaa-Yoo

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Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

  1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
  2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
  3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
  4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.

I just set up my new fire tablet and can confirm that this method works. Thanks!:highfive:
 

metaleloi666

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Nov 19, 2013
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I'm planning to buy a Fire HD 10 on the Black Friday at $99 (to replace my aging Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4) but I really need to be able to have the Play Store on it, otherwise, no big use for me, even though I'm a Prime member. Hope these tricks you guys find to install apks keep on working, even when Amazon will update the OS...
 

badbob001

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Mar 28, 2005
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My Fire HD 10 (2017) auto-updated to 5.6.0.0 a few days ago. Is this the update being discussed? I couldn't find any info on what is new or changed in 5.6.0.0.
 

The$torm

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Nov 11, 2017
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Great Work Around

It kicked and screamed a bit. I initially had to wait for the tablet to go to sleep on it's own, then unlocking before the install button became active, after that, the additional files install button worked with forcing sleep and unlocking. Buggy for sure, great workaround, thanks!! > HD8, 6th Gen 5.6.0.0
 

xrtus

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Just to be clear, i understand this is a way to install apps for the play store. Does this allow then for the app to behave like its on say a samsung smartphone?
IE: A game i play is platform specific, and your account is as well. I have it on my android phone, if i do this for the game on the HD 10, will i have access to my android account then?
 
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ursulavasey

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Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

  1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
  2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
  3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
  4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.

Thanks for this tip. I just spent ages resetting my Fire tablet, as I had the greyed out install button you describe. I reset it, reinstalled Google Play, and then tried to sideload AC Market. The install greyed out, so I followed your instructions regarding the power button. It worked perfectly. I still am none the wiser as to the cause of the problem, but this is a simple workaround to get sideloaded apps installed.
 

Stacman

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Apr 10, 2010
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Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

  1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
  2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
  3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
  4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.

An excellent tip. Worked great! Now all we need is to stop automatic system updates....
 

maggieonly

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Nov 20, 2017
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Thank You, Thank You

Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

  1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
  2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
  3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
  4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.

I am so glad you posted this solution! I setup the play store and custom launcher yesterday and then my kindle updated. I had to make some adjustments so I decided to do a factory reset and start fresh today and couldn't install any apks. :)
 

pixelpop

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Jan 2, 2009
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I'm planning to buy a Fire HD 10 on the Black Friday at $99 (to replace my aging Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4) but I really need to be able to have the Play Store on it, otherwise, no big use for me, even though I'm a Prime member. Hope these tricks you guys find to install apks keep on working, even when Amazon will update the OS...

1) I just got my Fire HD 10 today (11/20/17) because it is on sale now for $99, so no need to wait! :)
2) Installed Google Play Store and so far it looks fine (I logged into my account and it came up normally), but haven't installed any apps from it yet. As I was writing this I got an email titled "your new Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) doesn't have the latest Google apps" which listed YouTube, GMail and Chrome, so I am expecting it work OK.
3) I used a procedure I found in a page called "How to Install Google Play on 2017 Fire Tablets in 5 Minutes" (just Google it). A couple of things to note:
a) I could not get the latest version of the Google Account Manager to install (parsing error), so you have to download the versions referenced in the article's links.
b) After you have installed the Google Play Services APK (#3 in the links list), you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of permissions before the power off/on/unlock work-around will get the install button to work.

Hope this info is useful. Have fun!
 

glabrek

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Nov 11, 2014
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1) I just got my Fire HD 10 today (11/20/17) because it is on sale now for $99, so no need to wait! :)
2) Installed Google Play Store and so far it looks fine (I logged into my account and it came up normally), but haven't installed any apps from it yet. As I was writing this I got an email titled "your new Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) doesn't have the latest Google apps" which listed YouTube, GMail and Chrome, so I am expecting it work OK.
3) I used a procedure I found in a page called "How to Install Google Play on 2017 Fire Tablets in 5 Minutes" (just Google it). A couple of things to note:
a) I could not get the latest version of the Google Account Manager to install (parsing error), so you have to download the versions referenced in the article's links.
b) After you have installed the Google Play Services APK (#3 in the links list), you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of permissions before the power off/on/unlock work-around will get the install button to work.

Hope this info is useful. Have fun!

Can't buy it before Friday... I'm from Canada... But I'll be in the USA this coming weekend...

Thanks for the infos. Hope it'll continue to work fine even after an automatic system update from Amazon...
 

Arbitairium

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Nov 22, 2017
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Thank you!

Seriously, this works so much better than having to d/l and then uninstall apps. I created an account on this site JUST to thank you! :laugh:
 

dynamikd

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Oct 19, 2008
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Purchased my tablet yesterday from best buy. Installed everything without having to do any workaround besides side loading. The only issue I see are that the icons in the play store are really big.
 

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    Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

    1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
    2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
    3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
    4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

    I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.
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    Hi there, I just got my HD 10 (2017) today and I found your thread while searching for the reason my Install button was greyed out. While I was reading your post, I may have discovered a slightly easier way to do this.

    1. Start installing your apk, and get to screen where Install is greyed out.
    2. Press the power button to put your device to sleep.
    3. Press the power button again, and unlock your device.
    4. The Install button should activate when your device unlocks, allowing you to install your apk.

    I was able to install a number of apks without having to download anything from the Amazon Appstore. I hope this helps someone.

    I just set up my new fire tablet and can confirm that this method works. Thanks!:highfive:
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    I found a much easier way

    Start APK Install till the point where the Install button is greyed out ... click the square "key" to activate task view ... select the installer app ... button is no longer greyed out
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    Hi, there are plenty of youtube videos about installing google play services onto the 10" tablet (2017 version). After the November 4th update the install button is greyed out, and can't be "clicked". However, someone has found a trick to bypass it. This is not my idea, I used it and am passing it on.


    You need to install some (1 per APK you need to install) small apps from the Amazon app store. Any apps will do, small is quicker, you're going to delete them anyway. After installing the Amazon apps start to install the first apk (Google services or whatever). When you get to the point where the install button is greyed out, tap "home" (middle round button). Now hold one of the amazon apps until the uninstall option appears, and uninstall it. Tap the right (square) button to show all running apps, and open the window of the APK install. The install button now works. Repeat as many times as are needed to get all your APK's installed. Hurry, I doubt this will work for long ;)

    Pete